Do you dread the sound of your alarm clock going off at a ridiculously early hour on a dark and wintry Monday morning? Do you spend your working day watching the clock creep ever-so-slowly round to five o’clock? Yeah, it sucks, right? I know, because I’ve been there. I’ve seen precious months of my life wasted slaving away in an office cubicle, doing a job I hate.
So if you’re still there, I feel for ya. But I have good news for you, too. We are living in an age where you don’t have to stay trapped in that suffocating environment. You don’t have to work for peanuts, and you don’t have to kiss goodbye to your dreams.
On the contrary, you can create a life that you truly love – and get paid very well to do it. And all of this has been made possible by the amazing technology of the 21st century.
How the Internet Revolution Has Changed the World
Boy, we are so lucky to be alive in this day and age. In the last twenty years, the advent of the Internet has changed our lives in so many ways. We can find a good restaurant using Google, check out the reviews on TripAdvisor, invite our friends to join us there on Facebook, navigate to the restaurant with our smartphone GPS, and then share a video of the dinner party on YouTube. It’s awesome!
It’s an amazing time to be alive. But more than that, it’s a fantastic opportunity. This same technology has opened up the chance for anyone to make a living doing what they love. Today, it is entirely possible to start a blog with just a few bucks in your pocket, and turn this into a million-dollar business.
And if that sounds like an exaggeration, just check out these blogging millionaires – regular folks who pull down big money, month after month from blogging. None of these bloggers had any special advantages when they started. On the contrary, they were all either flat broke or even worse, deep in debt. They had no marketing or technical skills. All they had was an idea, and a determination to pursue it.
How I Created My Dream Lifestyle
I know that this life plan works because I have done it. A few years ago, I was stuck in a dead-end job and struggling with a long commute into cold, rainy London. I knew I had to find a way to change my life…but I didn’t know how. I was trapped in the hamster wheel of commuter life, with no obvious way to get out.
Then I started a website. I have always loved writing, so I started a blog for writers. Because I loved what I was doing, my enthusiasm was infectious. People started spreading the word about my blog, and traffic exploded. I added a paid membership area, and soon I was making more from my blog than from my regular job.
So I quit. And I didn’t just quit my rotten job…I quit the country. As a full-time blogger, I was now free to live anywhere in the world. So my family and I left the slow and sleet of the UK behind, and started a new life in Australia.
Our new life in the sun was truly awesome! We went surfing every afternoon, and spent the weekends splashing in our swimming pool, having BBQs with friends, and jet-skiing around the local waterways.
I was able to work whenever and wherever I wanted. I could blog from my laptop sitting by the pool, or use my phone to do deals while we were on the beach. During the school holidays, I could take every day off to spend time with the kids, and then catch up with some work in the evenings.
Better still, I didn’t dread Monday mornings anymore – in fact, I looked forward to them. Because I was doing something I enjoyed, every working day was interesting and rewarding. There is no better feeling than getting paid very well to do what you love.
Pursuing Your Passion
So what do you love to do? Maybe you are a fanatical golfer, a lifelong knitter or a stamp collector. Maybe you love German Shepherds, or scuba diving or traveling to remote parts of the planet. Whatever your passion may be, there has never been a better time to turn it into a business.
Passion is more important than ever in business, because passion leads to quality. If you are enthusiastic about a topic, you will have a lot to say about it. You will have specialist knowledge and insights, plus stories to tell.
Your passion will be infectious, and in the era of social media, that is critically important. Nowadays, when people find something they love online, they share it with their friends on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and more.
Secondly, your passion will enable you to create quality products that truly solve people’s problems – and those products will therefore get great reviews. In today’s online world, reviews are critically important. People check reviews before they purchase, so sales depend on creating quality products that get good reviews.
Thirdly, quality websites and products do much better in the search engines. A few years ago, it was possible for online marketers to make money from products they had little interest in.
All you had to was throw up a simple website, use link-building tools to generate fake links that promoted your site, and watch it rise in the search engine rankings. Good rankings meant good sales, and a nice passive income for the marketer. But today, Google is much smarter at sifting the good websites from the bad. Low-quality websites sink to the bottom, while high-quality ones rise to the top.
So when you create a website on a topic you love, you have a triple advantage when it comes to achieving success.
Low Barriers to Entry
Starting a business used to be an expensive proposition. If you wanted to open a retail store, for example, you needed tens of thousands of dollars to get a lease, buy stock and hire staff. That usually meant taking on a high-interest loan, and using your home as security – a very risky business.
By contrast, starting a blog costs next to nothing. You can register a domain name for ten dollars, and get hosting for a few bucks a month. That’s all you need to launch a profitable blogging business. This really is the best time in history to be an entrepreneur.
All You Have to do is Start
So the choice is yours. You can stick with your rotten job, and endure years of boredom until you are old enough to retire. Or you can decide not to waste your life that way. Instead, you can turn your passion into your career, make great money helping other people, and create the lifestyle of your dreams.
If you start today, you could be living a whole different life by this time next year. All you have to do is make the decision to start. So don’t just sit there…go out there and make it happen!